Looking after yourself

Here are some contacts you may find useful to help you stay safe:

Age UK
For information on preventing falls, and for help with making your home safe and secure, phone 0845 643 4709.

Police Neighbourhood Watch
To contact local co-ordinators phone 01823 363348 or email lindsey.stone@avonandsomerset.police.uk

Safe Places
This is a scheme that helps vulnerable people deal with difficult situations that make them feel at risk when they are out in the community. To find out more, visit Avon and Somerset Police – Safe Places Scheme

Fire safety
For advice about home safety, and to request a free home safety visit, see the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service website

Rogue traders
Somerset Council’s Trading Standards Team works with other organisations to tackle ‘rogue traders’.

If you have any information about rogue traders, they would like to know. You can phone the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133, or the Police on 101.

Advice about how to avoid becoming the victim of a scam is available on the Devon and Somerset Trading Standards website and at GOV.UK.

Buy With Confidence is a joint service run by Devon and Somerset Trading Standards to help consumers find businesses and traders. Each service is thoroughly checked and reviewed ahead of joining the scheme to make sure they operate their company (and service to you) in a legal, honest and customer-friendly way. Buy With Confidence is part of a national scheme formed over 15 years ago to counteract the activities of rogue traders.

In an emergency
The Council works with other organisations to provide services to respond to major incidents and plan for them in advance.

They have produced an Emergency Action Checklist for householders with advice about what to do before, during and after emergencies. To request a copy phone 0300 123 2224.

Adult Social Care have also produced an information sheet – A7 – Keeping Safe

Last reviewed: November 2, 2023 by Jennifer

Next review due: May 2, 2024

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